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How to force remove phpmyadmin with `sudo`?

I have been trying to uninstall phpmyadmin using: sudo apt-get purge phpmyadmin* However, during that process, I'm getting errors and it is not being removed. I assume I have mixed up the ubuntu ...
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How to enable root login?

I would like to enable the root account on my Ubuntu installation. I realize the security implications of this.
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Unable to access the root directory

I have started using Openfoam recently. I successfully installed Ubuntu Deb Pack version 2.4.0 but when installing the repository release version 2.4.x, i am unable to access root directory even after ...
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how to set up root account on a new install?

I just installed ubuntu on my netbook and am loving it!! What I’m now trying to do is set up my root account. I tried to run the following command at a command prompt: su root and use the ...
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Locked my self out my original account and don't want to reinstall

Was locking down root with the /etc/grub/00.header command and didn't know to finish it so I rebooted the computer and now I can't get into my sudo account.
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Is it bad practice to use gksu when writing code in development?

I am writing a C++ application that needs to access the serial port and use the mount command, both needing root to be performed. In the end the application will be run as root on a device, but I am ...
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Can't delete a folder even with sudo su

I used the Ubuntu customization tool and the terminal stopped so I decided "Oh well, I'll just close it!". Now the 2 folders it made 'remaster-iso' and 'remaster-root' both have a lock sign on the ...
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Create temporary root password

Is there a way to give the root user a temporary password? That is, after a certain time, or after it is manually deactivated, the password will be deleted. I want to give my colleague permission to ...
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What happens if I attempt to delete Ubuntu itself while logged in?

What would happen if I delete the / directory while logged as root into Ubuntu? Would I get some sort of error to the effect of Error: unable to self-destruct? Or would I actually be able to delete ...
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Ubuntu doesn't load after logging in with sudo account

So I got Ubuntu yesterday running on my Acer Aspire V5-122P. I really love it. There's a learning curve indeed, but I think I got used to it. I love installing programs via the terminal, dunno why! ...
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How do I create a new file in a folder owned by root? Specifically, I want to add a file to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d

I want to add a new file to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d as seen at the bottom of this page, but I can't as it's owned by root user. How to? EDIT: I managed it using the information on this page:
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How to undo command sudo nautilus

I have typed sudo nautilus to make some changes , now I want to come out of the command or undo the command to give access back to root.
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If I have disable recovery option and someone still get's to root using the ro recovery nomodeset how do I password protect root?

If I have disable recovery option and someone still get's to root using the ro recovery nomodeset how do I password protect root? I know how to block the recovery just Want it to require a password ...
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Root password while logging in as guest [duplicate]

I have installed Unbuntu using WUBI from my Windows OS. I created my username and its password. While I am trying to log in it's saying that the password is wrong. I have reinstalled 3 times giving ...
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When i try to add a user in root it say it's not part of group [closed]

When i try to add a user in root it say it's not part of group. says it working then say that it's not part of a group to add
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Get the access to the folder file system/root

I am using a live version of Xubuntu on USB for a extraordinary maintenance of my PC. I have to copy a single file inside the folder file system/root. Currently I can browse the complete folder file ...
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is owned by uid 1000, should be 0 [closed]

I set up a Ubuntu 12 VM in 2013. All this time i have been having a problem that i for example cant clone from github without using SUDO in the terminal. There is only one User on this machine ...
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How do you execute software that needs root access?

I have only just installed Ubuntu on a Wintel PC. I want to install some downloaded software package, namely Google Chrome, but I have not been successful gaining root privilege. I have seen several ...
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Improperly set display when running a root crontab job involving GUI

When running the script below from my local user crontab, with sudo before /usr/bin/FreeFileSync (last script's line), a small progress window opens on my GUI and things go well. The only thing is I ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Supports Facebook messenger ??… How to install facebook messenger app

I installed ubuntu 14.04 LTS yesterday. While using facebook through browser, it asked whether to install facebook app or not. I said yes and its installed. But while trying to open the facebook ...
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Problems displaying files (DocumentRoot)

I uploaed my files and my DocumentRoot is correct and points towards the folder that has my index.php, etc. But when I try to load my site it's just a white page with nothing on it.. Any advice? ...
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How to enable ssh root access on Ubuntu 14.04

I´d like to enable the ssh root access on Ubuntu 14.04. Editing the /etc/ssh_config (PermitRootLogin yes) didn't affect anything.
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Change root username

Beginner user here. I want to change root username to something else? Is that possible, and if yes - how to do it?
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Sudo not available in guest login

When I login as guest I am unable to execute any command with sudo. E.g.: sudo ps returns: sudo: unable to change to sudoers gid: Operation not permitted How can I fix this?
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How to modify files owned by root?

In trying to resolve another issue...one suggestion was to modify a file (using gedit) that is owned by Root. It won't let me overwrite the existing file. I am the administrator of this Unity ...
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Can I install ubuntu touch on LENOVO A8 A5500 tablet? [duplicate]

I want to install ubuntu on my tablet lenovo a8 a5500, but when i type "adb reboot bootloader" the tablet stuck in fast mode with no response. How should I proceed to unlock it and install ubuntu on ...
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adbd cannot run as root in production builds

I am trying to install Ubuntu Touch on my Galaxy Nexus, but it says adbd cannot run as root in production builds. I tried a lot of stuff, including a few instructions from Ask Ubuntu, nothing helps. ...
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To expand partition volume of root

I just installed on the whole disk of 1TB, the Ubuntu 14.04. However, the disk volume is being said that it is almost gone for root when installing all LaTeX and development packages to my system. ...
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How to free space in root directory and delete unnecessary kernel files?

Off late I am receiving continuous system alerts regarding low disk space in my root directory. I am given to understand that all my system updates are being saved in my root directory instead of my ...
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Help : Deleted all files in /root

I deleted all files in /root and now cannot open it . I get permission denied errors and all new disks I mount are owned by root and I cannot access them too now . I tried searching the net and looked ...
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root password on meizu mx4 ubuntu edition

I just got this brand new phone from Meizu, and immediately after unboxing it, tried to open a terminal, and failed to go to root! Is there any default root password? I sucessfully changed the ...
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How to install flash payer in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS? [duplicate]

How to install flash payer in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ? Also how to get the root permission ?...
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Can i run apache 1 / 2 as root?

I am hoping someone can confirm if apache 1 and / or 2 could be run as root if the user wishes it? There are previous questions around this, where people say "no you don't want to do that" and don't ...
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Connect to sftp server when running thunar as root

I would like to open a file browser such as thunar or nautilus as root and connect to a sftp server. However when I try this with thunar it will just show the red X bubble icon for any sftp address I ...
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How to configure ADB access for Android devices?

I'm using Ubuntu 12.10 and I have installed Android SDK, set it's path in my user .bashrc and it works. The problem is that my phone requires adb to be ran by root for permissions, but running adb ...
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How do I copy files that need root access with scp?

I have an Ubuntu server to which I am connecting using SSH. I need to upload files from my machine into /var/www/ on the server, the files in /var/www/ are owned by root. Using PuTTY, after I log ...
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Why is it bad to login as root?

I've often come across posts on forums or other websites where you see people joking in such a manner about running/logging in as root as if it's something awful and everyone ought to know about it. ...
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Is it safe (secure) to change the owner of the html/ folder in Apache?

I know how to use chmod and stuff so that is not the question. I have a little server (Ubuntu LTS ) running with Apache on it with the standard folder in /var/www/html/. By default root is the owner ...
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separate home partition using space on root partition

I have an encrypted installation with separate home partition and recently started seeing notifications of running low on disk space on my home folder. I thought it was weird because I know I haven't ...
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Read / Write permissions in /opt directory

I installed Android Studio in my /opt directory without a hitch and have been using it. Recently, though, Android Studio informed me of an update. It won't perform the update, however, because it says ...
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Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display: :0 Problem !

when i am using ' root ' , I can't run any **** -_- and that's what the terminal show as a problem I try many thinks like gksu , sudo .. , pkexec , ... but no solution No protocol specified ** ...
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Run Python script with root privileges (not from terminal)

How can I run a Python script which, upon execution, brings up a dialog prompting the user for his root password - so that the script is run as root, being able to make changes to files within the ...
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How to login as root user on Ubuntu 15.04 server GUI

i run my own home server and in all of the other ubuntu versions i have been able to to add gui and log on as root to drop my files into the WWW folder but with this one i can not get root other than ...
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Document root (APCHE2)

CAn any one tell me how can have multipe localhost directory on my computer. I already set my localhost as "/home/dee/php" in apache config file setting this Documentroot /home/dee/php Now How can ...
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File system root low disk space

I installed Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 a month back. It all worked perfect but after two days I repeatedly got the notification - File system root low disk space 0 MB left. I had installed everything ...
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Where is the .wine folder?

In 11.04 the Wine folder was located in /home/"username"/.wine but now that I've done a fresh install of 11.10 and reinstalled Wine, the folder is nowhere to be found. There is a .wine text file in my ...
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what 'sudo' means for root?

I'm running the following commands in Ubuntu 14.04: root@ubuntu:~# service rpki-ca restart stop: Unknown job: rpki-ca start: Unknown job: rpki-ca root@ubuntu:~# sudo service rpki-ca restart rpki-ca ...
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need to connect as **root@my-server-ip** with SSH [duplicate]

I have a VPS with Ubuntu 14.04. I need to login as root to my server over SSH. I set a password for root: sudo passwd root then enabled it: sudo passwd -u root then rebooted my vps: sudo reboot But ...
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How to login with new user and fix error : “: No such file or directory”?

I created a user with root access useradd -ou 0 -g 0 myuser -p [12345] when I try to su to the new user, I get: : No such file or directory when I want to connect as that user via ssh, I get: ...
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how to make /usr/lib owned by root again [duplicate]

I chowned -R username /usr/lib and now i cannot sudo or do any thing really due to sudoers.so belonging to username. How do i fix this and make /usr/lib owned by root again?